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iom-logoThe Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming Second Regional Symposium on “Promoting Regulatory Harmonization of Recruitment Intermediaries in the Colombo Process Member States”. CGF Social Sustainability Director Didier Bergeret has been invited to partake in a panel discussion during the event, which will be held on Thursday 18th May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is the second of three regional symposiums convened to support one of the three thematic priorities of the Colombo Process. This edition focuses on the priority of fostering Ethical Recruitment. It is supported by the International Organization for Migration and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Didier will be a panellist in the discussion “Strengthening Cooperation with Private Sector” during the third session of the symposium. During his address, Didier intends to focus on the importance of collective action in addressing forced labour in global supply chains.

Governments, companies, civil society and religious leaders all believe it is the time to take a stand against forced labour. It is only through a common voice and unified purpose, however, that it will be eradicated. Working together with multi-stakeholder bodies such as the actors involved in the Colombo Process is essential to this global fight. The CGF supports the Colombo Process and looks forward to collaborating and leveraging synergies between the priorities set out in the process, notably that of fostering ethical recruitment, and the CGF Priority Industry Principles through platforms such as the Second Regional Symposium.

About the Colombo Process

The Colombo Process is a Regional Consultative Process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origins in Asia. It is a member state-driven, non-binding and informal forum to facilitate dialogue and cooperation on issues of common interest and concern relating to labour mobility.

The Colombo Process was established in 2003 in response to calls from several Asian labour-sending countries who increasingly recognised the need for optimising the benefits of organised labour migration whilst protecting their migrants from exploitative practices in recruitment and employment.